Introduction to Research – PSYC 255

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/10/2022

Course Description

An introduction to psychological research techniques and methodology designed to improve students’ understanding of the basic issues in the scientific methods of the social sciences. The goals of the course are: to improve students’ understanding of the concepts related to research methodology; to improve the students’ ability to communicate ideas about science, including a significant amount of writing; and survey of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Research is integral to the science of psychology. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and tools needed to evaluate and conduct research. By understanding the research process, as well as concepts such as validity and reliability, the student will become a better critical consumer and producer of research.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of reliability and validity.
  2. Create research designs.
  3. Critique research related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Apply a biblical worldview to research concepts.
  5. Communicate effectively using APA formatting.

GENERAL EDUCATION FOUNDATIONAL SKILL LEARNING OUTCOMES (FLSO)
Social and Scientific Inquiry (SSI): the ability to employ established methods of exploring the social and natural sciences in order to understand the human experience of various social structures and the natural world.
SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which we live.
SSI 2: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of humankind's role in scientific inquiry and discovery.
SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific question experienced in nature or society.

Course Assignment

Read and Watch items

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each thread. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. Each thread must be supported by at least 1 appropriate citation in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the course textbooks, the Bible, and scholarly articles. (MLO: A, C, D, E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3.

This quiz will assess your understanding of basic concepts related to research, theories, and worldview. You will answer 10 questions (true and false or multiple choice). You may consult the Research Overview Presentation at any time during the quiz. (MLO: C, D). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.

APA Assignment

The student will use the APA Publication Manual as a guide in answering specific APA-related questions. The APA Assignment must include a title page, 2–3 pages of content, and a reference page in current APA format. The paper must include both of the course textbooks (Introduction to Research, and the current APA Publication Manual) in addition to at least 2 scholarly references. (MLO: E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 3.

The student will write a paper that explains how to conduct a case study. The paper must include a title page, 2–4 pages of content, and a reference page. The paper must be in current APA format. The student will be provided with a set of 4 questions to answer in order to complete the assignment. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to both of the course textbooks. (MLO: A, B, C, E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.

The student will write a research-based paper that includes a personal reflection of what he or she has learned in the course as well as a critique of the course content from a biblical perspective. The paper must include a title page, 4–8 pages of content, and a reference page. The paper must include at least 2 scholarly references in addition to both of the course textbooks. The paper must be in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3.

Quizzes (7)

There will be 7 open-book/open-notes quizzes in the course. Quizzes will cover content covered in the Learn folders, have 30 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour.  (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.